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New Brno-based life sciences centre opens up for business

05.12.2011

Brno – Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has officially inaugurated the first of six European Technology Institutes slated to be launched in the Czech Republic with help from European FEDER funds. Although construction of the €200m Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) will not be complete until 2014, the life sciences research centre – made up of ten facilities – has already begun operations. Following a workshop with EMBL researchers, CEITEC deputy director Ondrej Hradil announced in mid-November that the center has already been approached with several proposals for cooperation in the fields of bioinformatics, innovative sequencing techniques and development of new methods of advanced optical microscopy. Up to now, the Czech Republic has not been an EMBL member country, but CEITEC would support negotiations on its membership. Earlier in November, CEITEC ordered four ultra-high field AVANCETM NMR systems from Bruker, which will make it the premier biological NMR research facility in Central and Eastern Europe. “High-field NMR spectroscopy will be combined with other progressive high-resolution methods of structural analysis here such as single-crystal X-ray diffraction, high-end cryo-electron microscopy and tomography, and an atomic force microscopy for understanding of the vital cellular processes,” said Vladimir Sklenar, the Structural Biology Programme Coordinator at CEITEC.

Boost for biotech clusters

Bringing Brno-based research institutes into the CEITEC cluster is part of a more general governmental initiative aimed at creating big research hubs that attract foreign investment and companies. According to the Prague Post, CEITEC is already in discussions with 100 companies that want to pursue research at the site.
The other sites scheduled for opening are also designed to boost bio­technology in the Czech Republic. Along with CEITEC, Prague is aiming to launch an International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC), a Biotechnology and Biomedicine Research Centre (BIOCEV), a Sustainable Energy Centre (SUSEN), an Information Technology for Innovations (IT4I) hub, and an Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) cluster. 70% of the costs will be covered by state or EU funding, the rest is to be funded by private investors.

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01.02.2010

Prague – After increasing its investment in mid-January, full-service provider CRO FGK Clinical Research GmbH has become a major shareholder in the Czech contract research organization Avemedica s.r.o. Financial details were not...

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01.02.2010

Pilzen – German antibody drug development and discovery firm Affimed Therapeutics AG (Heidelberg) has spun-out all of its antibody discovery activities into a new Czech subsidiary – AbCheck s.r.o., which is located in Pilzen....

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Prague/Jena – German and Czech researchers under Ales Svatos have opened the door to major improvements in the application of high-throughput metabolomics and systematic analyses of small molecules via MALDI-mass spectrometry...

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Ceské Budejovice - The scientists from the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science who coordinated the EU project MOBITAG have tabled a report on their attitudes towards political interference in the EU’s GMO authorisation...

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14.07.2009

Bratislava – According to a new study released by PG Economics, Slovak farmers would benefit more than counterparts in other EU countries from planting genetically-engineered Bt maize. Regional factors, as well as reducing an...

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14.07.2009

Vestec – The Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University plan to build a modern biotechnology and biomedicine center, according to reports issued by the Czech Information Agency. With about 40,000 square meters of floor...

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Olomouc – A new cluster with a focus on drug development and diagnostics has been established near Palacky University in Olmouc. Called MedChemBio, the centre seeks to attract companies with an interest in medicinal and...

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Prague – A biotech company and a pharmaceutical enterprise are the winners of this year’s “Investor of the Year” competition, which is organised by CzechInvest and the country’s Association for Foreign Investment. At the end of...

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Prague – A2Z Bio, the Czech subsidiary of UK-based Yorkshire Bioscience, is investing EUR100,000 at the CKD Prague Technological Innovation Centre to launch production of research reagents and services for the biotech R&D market....

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Prague – At a meeting with Czech stakeholders in Prague in December, EuropaBio expressed its appreciation that the Czech Republic is one of the ‘pro-biotech’ EU member states. In January when the Czech Republic took over the...

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